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Gene Variation within a Tree

By | August 13, 2012

The root system of a tree species is genetically different than the leaves of that individual, potentially modifying scientists’ understanding of evolution.


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Pharma's Fake Innovation Crisis?

By | August 13, 2012

Two medical professors contend that the pharmaceutical industry is really suffering from a drive to make only marginal improvements to existing drugs.


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Drinking Better Bacteria

By | August 9, 2012

Researchers analyzing the bacteria in municipal drinking water find simple measures can increase beneficial bacteria while reducing pathogenic strains.


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School Teachers Release Invasives

By | August 9, 2012

As many as 1,000 different non-native organisms used in the classroom are being released into the wild by school teachers.


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Microbiome Changes During Pregnancy

By | August 2, 2012

Alterations in the commensal gut flora of expecting women may be linked to characteristic weight gain and decreases in insulin sensitivity during pregnancy.


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Cancer Claims Fish

By | August 2, 2012

Australian trout are susceptible to skin cancer, according to a new study—the first evidence that wild fish can be afflicted by the disease.


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Cancer Stem Cells Really Do Exist?

By | August 1, 2012

Researchers track tumors as they develop, providing more support for the idea that cells with stem-cell-like properties underlie cancer growth and recurrence.


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How Green Are Your Fish?

By | August 1, 2012

Farmed salmon may have more in common with their more expensive wild-caught counterparts than consumers are led to believe.



August 1, 2012

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2012 issue of The Scientist.


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In Times of Trouble

By | August 1, 2012

Scientists share their experiences weathering extremely stressful events without letting their careers get completely derailed.


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